In 2015, the DFAT Social Protection Hub established a web-based social protection knowledge gateway, socialprotection.org to progress a G20 commitment to facilitate south-south learning on social protection policy and programming. DFAT established the gateway with UNDP’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and it now also receives support from German Cooperation (GIZ).
socialprotection.org collates publications, hosts regular webinars, online discussion fora and communities of practice around specific topics. It also provides practical tools such as ‘how to’ guides and a glossary of social protection terms. It seeks to contribute to the global evidence base on social protection by sourcing, developing and sharing high quality research, evaluations and policy guidance.
DFAT is a proud partner of the Interagency Social Protection Assessments, a set of practical tools that help countries improve their social protection system by analysing its strengths and weaknesses and offering options for further action.
The Rapid Social Response (RSR), a multi-donor program was established in 2009 to help the world’s poorest countries, in partnership with the World Bank, to build effective social protection systems. RSR is supported by the Russian Federation, Norway, the United Kingdom, Australia and Sweden.
By the end of financial year 2016-17 the RSR had funded 178 projects in 81 countries worldwide. The RSR has been able to support the growing social protection agenda as a whole, either through supporting pilot programs in countries without prior social protection experience, facilitating new dialogues and partnerships, or supporting knowledge exchanges between countries and globally.
Australia is represented by DFAT on the Social Protection Interagency Co-operation Board (SPIAC-B), a lean and agile inter-agency coordination mechanism composed of representatives of international organisations and bilateral institutions which aims to enhance global coordination on social protection issues. The establishment of the Board responds to a request from the G20 Development Working Group.
The Social Protection Hub also partners with the Cash Learning Partnership to inject knowledge into regional and country level discussions on the use of cash transfers in humanitarian situations. DFAT has supported CaLP to undertake the widely used Cash transfer programming in the Pacific: a feasibility scoping study well as the flagship publication The state of the world’s cash report 2018: cash transfer programming in humanitarian aid.